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Hotel Rural Victoria
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in La Orotava
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 23, 2012

I booked ten days at this hotel on the strength of the reviews on tripadvisor, but, I have to say, I regretted it. The Rural Victoria is not a bad hotel, but it is not that good either, and it is no where near as fantastic as previous reviews suggest. Frankly, I am quite baffled by them. Either we simply had a mediocre experience, or other people are very easily satisfied.
Firstly, the Superior Room for which we paid nearly 110 Euros per night, was not particularly special. The room was a decent size, but the bathroom was tiny, and it's too expensive for what it is. This is nothing to do with it being an old building - the front of the hotel is old, but much of the rest appears to be modern trying to look old. The beds are pretty hard (although we did get used to them). The breakfast is nothing special (orange juice from concentrate, lukewarm eggs and sausage, some ok pastries, no coffee refills offered) and you sit in a slightly dark and depressing corner off the otherwise well-lit atrium. Why is the breakfast so average in a hotel which prides itself on its lunchtime and evening cuisine?
Some (though not all) the staff need to be considerably friendlier. Our departure after 10 days and spending over 1000 euros was a quick and pretty disinterested encounter on the part of the member of staff. Internet access is rather frustrating, as the connection kept going down, and you have to keep reconnecting (useless for downloading).
On the plus side, the room was very clean and quiet, and there is a lovely roof terrace, with good views over the town, valley and up to Mt Teide. Parking (which I had been a bit worried about) was not really a problem, as - although there is no hotel car park - we were always able to park for free in the street nearby. In addition, La Oratava is a lovely old town. There isn't much to do at night, and there seems to be a dearth of decent restaurants (the hotel restaurant perhaps excepted) but this was not a problem, and during the day it's a buzzy little place full of attractive old squares and cafes. And the small sub-tropical garden nearby is lovely. We would definitely return to La Oratava, but not to this hotel. It's quite mediocre, and it's not worth the money. Boutique hotels are supposed to be beautiful, special, friendly places with fantastic service. Unfortunately, this place wasn't really any of these.

Room Tip: Our room away from the road was fairly quiet.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We loved Hotel Rural Victoria in La Orotava because of its beauty, but perfection is not always easy. The hotel is hard to find and (as pointed out by another reviewer) parking can be several streets away. But, La Orotava is perhaps Tennerife’s most beautiful city. The reason parking is scarce is the city and hotel are from 300 years ago, when parking was not a consideration. If parking is more important than beauty, there are many ugly hotels with lots of parking in other cities. Walk through the front door of the HRV and you will know you made the right choice. The 300+ year old house has an inner court, surrounded by balconied hallways with rooms off them. The floors and lower portions of the walls are attractively tiled. We stayed in Room 202, neither the largest nor the smallest. It was of a size you expect at twice the price. The walls of our room were a bright white, the ceiling high and pointed. The woodwork was dark wood and the spacious closets had mirrored doors. The windows were huge, shuttered, curtained and draped. The furnishings were in period styles, except the TV and phone. The bathroom was modern, large and bright.
When on vacation, we try to eat our main meal in a different restaurant each day. We ate in the hotel restaurant four times in that week. Sometimes the quality demands repeat visits to try different items. We ate our way through the menu, sharing tastes and found nothing less than excellent. The wine selection was uniformly outstanding and the advice of our waiter was flawless. Even if you do not stay in the hotel, you must eat there. The Michelin Guide would certainly agree.
However, perfection is a hard thing, especially when you are renovating as you go. We had a cracked windowpane in our room. One window had a new metal-framed replacement. The other was wooden and appeared to be at least 100 years old, and somewhat rotten. We kept that curtain closed for that reason and because of the window across the road. Each day our room was cleaned, except that glasses were never cleaned and the toilet items were not replaced without our asking. The hotel has free wireless internet, but for a week, I could never stay on-line for more than 20 minutes without it crashing. At least I could get back on by reconnecting, but it was a real pain in the butt.
The breakfast was the best we have had in any Spanish hotel. It would even pass muster in Germany. However, the breakfast experience varied with who was on duty. The attendant would quickly take your drink order, but did not tell you what was available. We never knew about the Cappuccino, until we saw the machine. Some attendants were much better than others about refills and we often had to ask. Food items sometimes ran out and were not refilled. Still, I know of no better hotel breakfast in Spain.
If this is not enough to send you there, check the prices! You will be hard-pressed to find a better 3-Star alternative.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 202 and found it bright, tastefully decorated, although there was some street nois...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DonPaulo
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

We have just spent 3 nights at this hotel which is in a typical Canarian mansion over 300 years old.The building itself is beatiful with the rooms on 2 floors set around a large tiled court with a small dining room off. We had a large comfortable room on the second floor at the back of the hotel with views over the town towards the sea. The hotel has a splendid restaurant.We ate in the restaurant each night as the food was so imaginative but based on typical Canarian dishes. It also has a very good selection of local wines. The only negative thing I can say,and this is outside the control of the hotel anyway, is that it can be difficult to find somewhere to park near the hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the north of Tenerife who wanted to sample authentic Canarian hospitality.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Over6044
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

The Hotel Rural Victoria is a lovely old quiet place with very friendly staff in a beautiful bustling old town and is kept immaculately clean. The views from the roof terrace were a real bonus! We stayed on a half board basis and the food and service was exceptional - hats off to the chef Richard who never dissapoints. We particularly appreciated the staff's attentiveness with regards my wife's nut allergy - the chef would go out of his way to ensure that there were no problems, even providing special dishes on occasion.
The local Oratavian red wines were of a very high standard and provided at a very reasonable price. For whites from Tenerife choose from a Southern winery. However, Miguel's gin & tonic is legendary and should not be missed!
The hotel is small, intimate and very safe. It was a real bonus when we realised that we could view the door into our room from the restaurant and so could have a romantic meal by ourselves after dropping our 8 year old off to bed in the knowledge that he would be safe and secure!
We stayed for nine nights and would have no hesitation in returning to this hotel which provides the real Spanish experience and is as far from a resort hotel as you can get!

A real gem of a place - top marks.

Room Tip: Some rooms have lovely balconies or easy access to patio's - ask when booking.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank CelestialTrip
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Was in La Orotava end of November and stayed at the Hotel Rural Victoria for 3 nights and was very pleased with my choice. La Orotava is a very interesting and pleasant city. The hotel is small and very well kept: I had a big room that was much quieter than I expected, being right in the middle of town. Staff was very helpful and kind. The restaurant is just fantastic and I ended up eating there all three nights: everything was so good! The only, small, problem is to find a parking space for your car near the hotel: in a couple of occasions I had to turn around a few times before being able to park. Still, do not let be put off by this: go to La Orotava, to have a real feeling of Tenerife, and stay in the Hotel Rural Victoria!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Thank sil55
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

If there is one restaurant you should go, it is the Hotel Rural Victoria restaurant! it is a restaurant that you will keep in mind for the rest of your life.

First of all, La Orotava is a lovely city (very different from the rest of the villages and cities). It is charming, they make great wine there, very clean and cosy, young inhabitants, lovely to walk and has nice historical buildings.

Secondly, the restaurant is situated in a lovely authentic location (you eat in a patio). You feel immediately at ease, there is a peaceful atmosphere, the service is more than excellent, the people are very friendly and warm-hearted. The quality of the food goes beyond expectations!

It is the best restaurant in Tenerife!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Rural Victoria for one night but wished we had stayed at least one more night. La Orotava is an autentic old fashioned spanish town, with everything you will miss in the touristic zone in the southwest of Tenerife. It's steep so you will get quite good excercise walking up and down the streets. A little hard to find a place to park, but we found one five minutes away from the hotel after a while.

The hotel is very nice, the service great and the restaurant a must to try!! Great food and wine! We will gladly go back. The only drawback is the traffic passing by in the morning, ensuring an early wake up. However the room was charming and the view from the terrace outside was great.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank BenedicteOslo
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Address: Calle Hermano Apolinar 8, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > La Orotava
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in La Orotava
Price Range: $58 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rural Victoria 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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